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Hi, managed to get pics on profile, where are you based ? Are you expert in goat care, ?
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, me too, Iam Donna by the way, nice to know of you.
Did you worry about hoof trimming in the beginning then ? My kids are just pets
Hi Donna, yes, I was worried if I was doing it right too!
 

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Hi Donna, yes, I was worried if I was doing it right too!
So, after reading up and looking on YouTube, some say make sure you trim level, or they can go lame!!! but would it be ok, to keep doing little trims every couple of days to get them as I think they should be, or as I have done tidy up, trimming off flap bits and hoof wall a bit, will that now be ok? Iam planning to pick out hooves daily if possible, like you would with ponies ( had in the past).
Not trimmed much heel yet, or touched dueclaws, any advice please ❤
 

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Hooves - if trimmed correctly on a flat plane, do not need to picked out daily like horses or ponies. I like to check every couple of weeks. Some may need trimming monthly, others less frequently depending on terrain and feed.
Hi, thanks, so you mentioned flat plane, is that a file thing, and do I still trim with clippers?
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I had to
Thank you. That is Destimy at 5 weels. Sje is allot bigger and stronger now[/QUOTE
I had to wait until my kids were weaned and 5 months old, as they were kept at activity farm to attract people to visit, I had then just over 2 weeks now.
Iam doing fine, wanted to do best I can for them, I only give hay, pasture and very very small amounts of Pygmy goat mix in morning with garlic , carrot etc and similar at tea time, Iam in UK and not found a goat farrier yet, but just starting to trim their hooves after looking on YouTube etc, harder to do as not sure yet if doing it correct, but will keep going, hope you are well and keep safe
 

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Thank you. That is Destimy at 5 weels. Sje is allot bigger and stronger now[/QUOTE
I had to wait until my kids were weaned and 5 months old, as they were kept at activity farm to attract people to visit, I had then just over 2 weeks now.
Iam doing fine, wanted to do best I can for them, I only give hay, pasture and very very small amounts of Pygmy goat mix in morning with garlic , carrot etc and similar at tea time, Iam in UK and not found a goat farrier yet, but just starting to trim their hooves after looking on YouTube etc, harder to do as not sure yet if doing it correct, but will keep going, hope you are well and keep safe
 

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Hi, thanks, I just getting bit more confident in hoof trimming, but taking it slow, as not sure if doing it right by the book !, don't want to cause them lameness.
Not sure about trimming heal much yet either
Here's a picture to help guide you on hoof trimming. Hope it helps
 

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Here's a picture to help guide you on hoof trimming. Hope it helps
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Many thanks, I will print it off, so if I trim regularly, and they are on hard standing areas plus paddock, that will help keep them trimmed too I hope, it's practice , take care and stay safe, love from Donna in UK
 

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Hey there Donna,
Just remember if you see pink STOP don't trim deeper as you're hitting the sensitive blood flow area. If by accident you do hit it just put iodine or wound kote on it. Practice makes perfect. If it helps, use a sharpie and draw a line parallel to the coronary band to show you how much toe and heel can come off carefully. You'll do great just remember to take small amounts off at a time.
Here's a video to help
 

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Hey there Donna,
Just remember if you see pink STOP don't trim deeper as you're hitting the sensitive blood flow area. If by accident you do hit it just put iodine or wound kote on it. Practice makes perfect. If it helps, use a sharpie and draw a line parallel to the coronary band to show you how much toe and heel can come off carefully. You'll do great just remember to take small amounts off at a time.
Here's a video to help
Thank you very much for the time you have taken, you take care x
 

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Looks like you got some great advice already. Just wanted to add one more “Welcome!” and say that your little goats are super adorable! Sounds like you’re doing a great job with them so far. Glad you’re here - you’ll learn so much (I know I have), and it’s just a great community to be a part of!
 

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Welcome! Goats are great!
One thing new goat people may not realize is that goats don't have a "shut off valve" when it comes to food. They can and will eat themselves to death with grain. They don't understand stopping! So, only feed them their own ration and don't leave extra grain out. Hay, free choice is ok. All the fresh water they can drink is essential, too.
(this is something that I try and tell new goat owners- one person around here left an entire bag of grain out for their poor goat and went out of town. The poor goat died)...
 

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Welcome! Goats are great!
One thing new goat people may not realize is that goats don't have a "shut off valve" when it comes to food. They can and will eat themselves to death with grain. They don't understand stopping! So, only feed them their own ration and don't leave extra grain out. Hay, free choice is ok. All the fresh water they can drink is essential, too.
(this is something that I try and tell new goat owners- one person around here left an entire bag of grain out for their poor goat and went out of town. The poor goat died)...
Thank you so much for all advice, one other area Iam unsure of, is Himalayan salt lick (pink) okay for wether and does, is that all they need. Also my does seems bit rounder than the wether, she does a few clumpy poops now, I noticed, they do break up easy though. Is that normal.
Thanks from fretting new Mummy from UK
 
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